It goes like this – once upon a time, when the world was just a glint in the eye of the giant Melomenes, seven beings emerged from the dark. They were not fully formed yet; they were just there, like a particular unamusing thought which would not leave, no matter how hard the thinker tried. The giant tried to sweep his eye in a vain attempt to get rid of the thoughts but only succeeded in getting it loose, until it hung from his face only secured but the veins. In a fit of rage, the giant ripped it out fully and threw it away, where it floated in the vast darkness. Only then, the seven beings descended upon the floating eyeball and started to mold it in the image of the worlds they had seen flashing before the giant’s eyes.
Based on the creation legend, the world is named SILMÄ (‚eye‘ in Finnish) and is split into the following five continets:
- ADEBAYO („the crown meets joy“ in Yoruba, Western African)
Mostly marsh and wetland of varying wetness, small villages dotted occasionally in the more dry spots. Headland that is called LAND’S END where STEPHANUS and PAZUZU built their castle. No real capital, instead it is ruled by small fiefdoms with weaker leaders which made it the perfect place to start a rebellion as no strong alliances needed to be overthrown.
- ADEBOLA („the crown has met wealth“ in Yoruba, Western African)
Crescent-shaped continent that holds the biggest port in all of SILMÄ. Most of its wealth has been amassed by trading with the other continents (mostly ADETOKUNBO). Capital is CIUDAD BLANCA with its hold over the harbor, ruled by ELEANOR OF AQUITANIA, the merchant queen.
Both ALLEGRA and the reborn STEPHANUS were born here.
- ADEBOWALE („the crown has come home“ in Yoruba, Western African)
Origin continent of KHALED, KIMETE, the K5 and CHIHIRO. Mix of Asian and Oriental themes with large bazaars, imperial roofs, bustling streets in the quarters of the lower class where mudbrick houses are stacked and convoluted, paper lanterns strung between the houses, tea ceremonies and huge bustling ceremonial robes at court. Ruled from the capital by High King ARUNDEL.
In the middle of the continent is the desert QISIR TORPAQ (“barren land” in Azerbaijani) which is populated by a variety of desert tribes which mostly sustain themselves by warring with each other and robbing caravans (NUBIA, Goddess of War, was part of one of those tribes as was KEYBANU, wife of ARUNDEL). The tribes are at constant war with the giants over the oases in the desert, which are the most important places to hold if one were to rule over the desert.
- ADEGOKE („the crown has been exalted“ Yoruba, Western African)
THE COUNCIL has its seat on this continent. Middle Europe in terms of vegetation (vast forests, mountains, rivers and stuff) and climate.
- ADETOKUNBO („the crown came from over the sea“ in Yoruba, Western African)
Akin to Russia, wide open tundra stretching into more icy mountains the farther north you go. Lots of small homesteads in the tundra whereas the upper class lives in the two bigger towns on the coast. CHAD hails from here.
The prison KUR DI BIN („deep under“) lies deep under under its frozen soil.